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Turmeric and Curcumin - Good for Your Dog's & Cat's Health

Turmeric and Curcumin - Good for Your Dog's & Cat's Health

Turmeric and Curcumin - Good for Your Dog’s & Cat's Health

One of the reasons golden paste is so popular amongst dog/cat owners, is due to its anti-inflammatory effects and its incredible health benefits. Nobody likes to give their pup anti-inflammatory drugs, and turmeric can eliminate that as it has active agents that target inflammation, pain, and skin irritations.

Benefits of Turmeric for Dogs

1. Natural detox

2. Anti-inflammatory

3. Natural antibacterial

4. Promotes heart and liver health

5. Reduces blood clots that can lead to strokes and heart attacks by thinning the blood

6. Promotes digestive health

7. Acts as an antioxidant and it’s believed to be able to prevent cancer

8. Offers allergy relief

9. Helps to prevent cataracts

10. Has been used in the treatment of epilepsy

11. Natural pain relief

12. Natural treatment for diarrhea 

Dosage of Turmeric Paste for Dogs

I've read different dosages on several sites. Many people advise to start with small amounts and build up because it can cause loose stool if you feed too much to your dog/cat. Turmeric paste leaves a dog's & cat's system quickly, so it should be fed with each meal (more than once a day). I started my dogs off with 1/4 teaspoon in each meal and worked up from there to gauge their tolerance. Ultimately, you want to do 1/4 teaspoon for every 5 kg of body weight.

* Start by adding 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of golden paste to each meal

* Every 5-7 days, increase the dosage a small amount

* Once you notice pain relief, increased mobility, or a decrease in tumor size (yeah, I read this could happen and I'm blown away) – you've found your maintenance dosage

* For our healthy dogs/cats, I stick with the lower dosage of 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon per meal, because more gives them diarrhea

 

Pregnant Dogs/Cats

* If your dog or cat is pregnant there is a chance that turmeric might stimulate the uterus.

Surgery

* Turmeric might slow blood clotting so stop using turmeric two weeks before surgery.

Drugs that Slow Blood Clotting (blood thinning medications)

* If your dog/cat is on an anticoagulant / anti-platelet drugs use caution as turmeric may strengthen the effects of blood thinning medications thereby increasing the risk of bleeding.

* For example warfarin (Coumadin), aspirin and other blood-thinning medications;

* If adding turmeric to the diet you may have to make some adjustments to medications.

 

One Last Tip

It is not recommended that you give them human golden paste, as a lot of the recipes involve ingredients that are harmful to dogs/cats or might cause them to react badly.

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Chicken Wings Dog Treats are becoming a really popular treat. They smell particularly tasty so we always have to remember its not a treat for us!

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Like all treats of this nature, dogs should get them under supervision.

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Wheat allergies in dogs

Wheat allergies in dogs

Man's best friend gets wheat allergies too.

Dogs react to food allergies by generally suffering with skin and coat problems. Itchy, red, flaky skin, and a dull coat are common symptoms of food allergies in dogs, and it's not like your dog can point out that a particular food is causing the problem.

Food allergies account for only about 10% of dogs allergy problems, but they are treatable once your dog has been tested and you have found which food is causing the problem.

You as the owner need to be aware of any changes to your dog’s health, and if in any doubt whatsoever take your dog to a vet for formal diagnosis and treatment.

So what symptoms should you be looking for to check if your dog has a wheat allergy:

  • Itchy skin
  • Shaking of the head
  • Ear inflammation
  • Licking front paws
  • Rubbing face on carpet
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Flatulence
  • Sneezing
  • Asthma like symptoms
  • Anal itching
  • Behavioural changes
  • Seizures
  • Many dog owners never suspect that a wheat allergy could be the cause of their dog's health problems, usually because the dog has been fed the same food all its life and the symptoms have only recently appeared. But dogs are no different from humans in the respect that food allergies can develop over a period of time. Not every human suffering with a food allergy was born with it and the same goes for dogs too.
  • Another issue is that some people might assume that their dogs are unable to eat poor quality or cheaper dog food, this is not the case with a wheat allergy, if your dog can't eat a cheap brand of dog food that contains wheat, and then he can't eat expensive brand containing wheat either.
  • Of course it's not just wheat that dogs can become allergic to, some of the other most common foods resulting in food allergies in dogs are corn, soya, preservatives, beef, pork, chicken, milk, eggs, fish.
  • So what is the first step in diagnosing if your dog has a wheat allergy? Talk to your vet first, if they are not sympathetic look for another vet who is. Your dog will then have to go on an exclusion diet, and it's just as boring as the exclusion diets that humans have to go on.
  • BEFORE COMMENCING AN EXCLUSION DIET YOU SHOULD GET YOUR VETS APPROVAL AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A SAFE DIET.
  • On the exclusion diet you should feed your dog only a homemade diet, using ingredients that either the dog has never eaten before, or ingredients that are unlikely to be allergens, talk to your vet about this before starting though.
  • Exclusion diets are nutritionally poor, so you won't want to keep your dog on it for very long at all. And remember, no little doggy treats, or table scraps while on the exclusion diet. The same exclusion diet rules for dogs as for humans apply.
  • If after a few days on the exclusion diet the symptoms start to improve then switch back to the original diet to see if the symptoms recur. If they do then you know that something in the original food is causing the problem.
  • The next step is to go back on the trial diet until the symptoms disappear, then reintroduce one food/ingredient at a time, leaving a few days to a week before adding another item.
  • As soon as the symptoms recur then you'll have identified the allergen.
  • Exclusion testing is time consuming, you could as a quicker alternative try switching first to a brand of dog food labelled 'hypo-allergenic', if symptoms improve then you know it's a food allergy, you just won't know which ingredient it was that was causing the problem, unless you then try the exclusion diet.
  • Following a wheat free diet is a tough health choice to make for humans, but with your help then it should be a lot easier for your four legged friend to follow.
  • It's not a decision that should be made lightly and something that you should never embark on alone without guidance, so speak to your vet first about your suspicions, and certainly speak to your vet before you put your dog on any form of exclusion diet.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE:The information on this page is not to be taken as medical advice for dogs or humans. Please ensure that you discuss your pets health issues with a licensed veterinarian before undertaking any changes to your pets diet.

 Author: Helen Fletton

Fruits & Vegetables Dogs Can and Can’t Eat

 Apples are a great source of vitamin c, fiber, calcium, and phosphorus, and they’re a safe way to satisfy your pet’s sweet tooth (as opposed to chocolate and other doggy sugar loaded treats).

Two caveats: Do not feed the seeds to your dog as they contain cyanide, a toxic substance. (Some also advise keeping the stem from your pet, too.) Also, like in people, eating too many apples can cause a dog to have a bellyache and diarrhea, so serve them in moderation.

 

  Yes, dogs can eat bananas. Actually, many veterinarians even recommend this potassium-rich fruit as a healthy alternative to fatty, salty treats. Other benefits, Bananas are high in fiber, which can help if your dog is having gastrointestinal problems, and magnesium, which promotes bone growth and helps the body produce protein and absorb vitamins.

 

   Everybody loves watermelon, even dogs. But is it safe for them to eat?

The answer is yes, with a couple of precautions. Seeds could cause an intestinal blockage, so make sure you remove them. It’s also probably not a good idea to allow a dog to chew on the rind, because it can cause gastrointestinal upset. 

The fruit itself is a health-food powerhouse, low in calories and packed with nutrients—vitamins A, B6, and C, and potassium. 

According to the National Watermelon Promotion Board, the fruit has only about 50 calories a cup and 92 percent water, so it’s great for hydration on a hot day. It also has no fat or cholesterol, so it’s pretty much guilt-free.

  NO Grapes – (and raisins) are toxic to dogs, and they should never be allowed to eat them. 

Why, you ask? Well, veterinarians aren't quite sure. But it has been proven that the fruit can cause kidney failure in dogs—a very serious condition that can be fatal. As little as one grape per pound of body weight is enough to cause an issue in some dogs.

Symptoms of kidney failure include vomiting, excessive drinking, and lethargy. Eventually, urine production halts and tremors start. C

Another weird fact about this toxicity: It occurs in certain dogs (but we’re not sure why some are affected and not others) and has never been seen in cats.

  Strawberries – Yes Strawberries are full of fiber and vitamin C. Along with that, they also contain an enzyme that can help whiten your dog’s teeth as he or she eats them. They are high in sugar though, so be sure to give them in moderation.

  Oranges – Yes. Small dogs can have up to 1/3 of a full-size orange, while large dogs can eat the whole thing. While the peel isn’t toxic to them, vets recommend tossing the peel and just giving your dog the inside of the orange, minus the seeds, as the peel is much rougher on their digestive systems than the fleshy inside of the orange.

   Blueberries – Yes Blueberries are a superfood rich in antioxidants, which prevent cell damage in humans and canines alike. They’re packed with fiber and phytochemicals as well. Teaching your dog to catch treats in the air? Try blueberries as an alternative to store-bought treats.

 

 

   Carrots – Yes Carrots are an excellent low-calorie snack that is high in fiber and beta-carotene, which produces vitamin A. Plus, crunching on the orange snacks is great for your dog’s teeth.

   Tomatoes – No While the ripened fruit of the tomato plant (the red part humans normally eat) is generally considered safe for dogs, the green parts of the plant contain a toxic substance called solanine. While a dog would need to eat a large amount for it to make him or her sick, it’s better to skip tomatoes all together just to be safe

    Pineapple – Yes A few chunks of pineapple is a great sweet treat for dogs as long as the prickly outside is removed first. The tropical fruit is full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It also contains bromelain, an enzyme that makes it easier for dogs to absorb proteins.

   Avocado – No While avocado may be a healthy snack for dog owners, it should not be given to dogs at all. The pit, skin and leaves of avocados contain Persin, a toxin that often causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. The fleshy inside of the fruit doesn’t have as much Persin as the rest of the plant, but it is still too much for dogs to handle. 

  Broccoli – Yes, broccoli is safe for dogs to eat in very small quantities and is best served as an occasional treat. It is high in fiber and vitamin C and low in fat. On the surface, this makes it an appealing choice for dog owners looking for a healthy dog treat, but broccoli also contains a potentially harmful ingredient. Broccoli florets contain isothiocyanates, which can cause mild-to-potentially-severe gastric irritation in some dogs. Also, broccoli stalks have been known to cause obstruction in the esophagus.

 

     Mushrooms – No Wild mushrooms can be toxic for dogs. While only 50 to 100 of the 50,000 mushroom species worldwide are known to be toxic, the ones that are can really hurt your dog or even lead to death. Washed mushrooms from the supermarket could be OK, but it’s better to be safe than sorry; skip out on the fungi all together. 

    Cucumbers – Yes Cucumbers are especially good for overweight dogs, as they hold little to no carbohydrates, fats, or oils and can even boost energy levels. They’re loaded with vitamins K, C, and B1, as well as potassium, copper, magnesium, and biotin. 

    Celery – Yes In addition to vitamins A, B, and C, this crunchy green snack contains the nutrients needed to promote a healthy heart and even fight cancer. As if that wasn’t enough, celery also known to freshen doggy breath

         Onions – No. Onions, leeks, and chives are part of a family of plants called Allium that is poisonous to most pets, especially cats. Eating onions can cause your dog’s red blood cells to rupture, and can also cause vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and nausea. Poisoning onions is more serious in Japanese breeds of dogs such as Akitas and Shiba Inus, but all dogs are very susceptible to it. 

       Pears – Yes Pears are a great snack because they’re high in copper, vitamins C and K, and fiber. It’s been suggested that eating the fruit can reduce the risk of having a stroke by 50 percent. Just be sure to cut pears into bite-size chunks and remove the pit and seeds first, as the seeds contain traces of cyanide.

 

    Potatoes – Yes it’s fine to give your dog plain potatoes every once and a while, but only if they’re cooked, as raw potatoes can be rough on the stomach. A washed, peeled, plain boiled or baked potato contains lots of iron for your pet. Avoid mashed potatoes because they often contain butter, milk, or seasonings.

       Cherries – No With the exception of the fleshy part around the seed, cherry plants contain cyanide and are toxic to dogs. Cyanide disrupts cellular oxygen transport, which means that your dog’s blood cells can’t get enough oxygen. If your dog eats cherries, be on the lookout for dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, and red gums, as these may be signs of cyanide poisoning. 

    Peaches – Yes Small amounts of cut-up peaches are a great source of fiber and vitamin A, and can even help fight infections, but just like cherries, the pit does contain cyanide. As long as you completely cut around the pit first, fresh peaches can be a great summer treat – just not canned peaches, as they usually contain high amounts of sugary syrups. 

    Asparagus – No while asparagus isn’t necessarily unsafe for dogs, there’s really no point in giving it to them. It’s too tough to be eaten raw, and by the time you cook it down so it’s soft enough for dogs to eat, asparagus loses the nutrients it contains. If you’re determined to give your dog’s vegetables, go for something that will actually benefit them.

     Sweet potatoes – Yes Sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients, including fiber, beta carotene, and vitamins B-6 and C. Just like with regular potatoes, only give your dog washed, peeled, cooked, and unseasoned sweet potatoes that have cooled down, and definitely avoid sugary sweet potato pies and casseroles. 

     Raspberries – Yes Raspberries are fine in moderation. They contain antioxidants that are great for dogs. They’re low in sugar and calories, but high in fiber, manganese, and vitamin C. Raspberries are especially good for senior dogs because they have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help take pain and pressure from joints. However, they do contain slight amounts of the toxin Xylitol, so limit your dog to less than a cup of raspberries at a time.

    Mango – Yes this sweet summer treat is packed with four, yes four different vitamins: vitamins A, B6, C, and E. They also have potassium and both beta-carotene and alpha carotene. Just remember, as with most fruits, to remove the hard pit first, as it contains small amounts of cyanide and can become a choking hazard.

Can you give a puppy a bully stick?

Can you give a puppy a bully stick?
If your puppy can chew hard food or treats on their own, they can have Bully Sticks. Since Bully Sticks for puppies are all natural, single-ingredient dog treats, they provide the same benefits as they do for adult dogs. As with any treat, supervision is recommended whenever feeding your puppy bully sticks.
What is a beef bully stick made of?
Bully Sticks are 100% Beef Sticks Dog Treats and dog chews that are made from the pizzle or penis of the bull. Pizzles have historically been used for different purposes from walking canes to medicinal powders, and even eaten in their raw or cooked form by humans in parts of the world today.

Teacup Poodles—buyer beware

Teacup Poodles—buyer beware

Teacup Poodles—buyer beware

Tiny Poodles called Teacups. They may be charming and adorable, but buyers should know what they are getting into before purchasing one.

Through thousands of years of breeding the smallest with the smallest and the largest with the largest, there are now three distinct sizes of Poodles recognized by the AKC: Standard, (over 15 inches at the highest point of the shoulders), Miniature, and Toy (under 10 inches).

There is no such thing as a registered Teacup Poodle. The term is used as a marketing gimmick to indicate that the puppy will be extra small, commonly 2 1/2 to 4 pounds when full grown. However tiny Teacup Poodles often have serious health problems, which may be why they are so small in the first place.

In many ways they are like premature babies. In nature they would seldom survive puppyhood. They need constant human care and nurturing. If they survive, they often have lifespans of 3 to 5 years instead of the expected 12-15+ years of a toy or miniature Poodle.

These tiny puppies should cost less than a normal size healthy puppy because they require special care and generally have higher medical expenses, but often a breeder will charge more for them.

For most people a "Teacup" puppy is a bad idea. Besides health and dental problems, they are quite delicate. Jumping from a chair or being stepped on can cause serious injury. They should never go into a home with children or a lot of activity unless they are kept in a draft-free crate or cage.

Is Fish good for my dog?

The Benefits Of Fish As a Food For Dogs

Fish and other seafood are excellent protein sources for dogs whilst being relatively low in saturated fats and empty calories (good for weight control).

This fact alone makes fish a fantastic source of nutrition for dogs.

However, there's more. An even bigger benefit for fish in your dog's diet is the fact that fish is one of nature's most natural sources of Omega 3 essential fatty acids. Fatty fish such as salmon and trout have high levels of Omega 3, which is great for aiding your dog's joints and all round mobility. Fish is also known to have beneficial properties for your dog's skin.

Omega 3 fatty acids don't occur naturally in the cells of the canine body, so adding them to your dog's daily diet can reap big rewards.

Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer
Best Suited For: Families with children, active singles and seniors, apartment, houses with/without yards
  • Temperament: Well-mannered, friendly, affectionate, inquisitive
  • If you’ve ever heard of a Miniature Schnauzer without having actually seen one, the name of the breed alone can be a catalyst to a host of odd images. How miniature is it? Is it a toy breed? Can I keep one in my pocket? Of course, a little knowledge goes a long way, and the truth about the Miniature Schnauzer is that this breed, known in Germany as the Zwergschnauzer, is actually closer to a poodle than it is a little dog that you can hold in your pocket.
  • What does this all mean for someone who’s looking for a new pet dog to bring home to the apartment or to the family? Well, don’t let your preconceptions about the Miniature Schnauzer fool you: this can be a loyal, fun dog that looks more like a classic breed than many people realize. Miniature Schnauzers make excellent city dogs but will work well even if you’ve got plenty of space for them. In other words, the Miniature Schnauzer doesn’t have to be a type of dog that only lovers of toy dogs can enjoy.

    One of the most popular breeds in the U.S., the Miniature Schnauzer definitely has found solid footing in North America. But as you might imagine, its history and pedigree have deeper roots than even that.

  • You can’t have a dog word like Schnauzer without giving some homage to Germany, a country that, like England, has meant a lot to the world of dog breeding. Originally bred out of a combination of poodles and Affenpinschers, the Schnauzer’s roots do indeed trace to the toy breeds. While Schnauzers can have a lot of temperament and personality traits that expose this ancestry, you’ll find them to be a very versatile breed, as far as smaller dogs are concerned.

  • Originally, Miniature Schnauzers were bred to be a more medium-sized dog that could help with farming – rounding up rodents, for example. But the Germans couldn’t resist breeding it down into a smaller form, where its more natural state as a miniature dog took root. This occurred during the 1800s, as many breeds were also being developed, and today we’re left with a breed that is distinct as many of the classic types of dogs that have been around for centuries longer.
  • Pedigree

    Perhaps it makes sense that all those German farmers and dog breeders didn’t like the Miniature Schnauzer as, well, something that wasn’t miniature. The pedigree of the Miniature Schnauzer, after all, goes to its dog breed parents: poodles and Affenpinschers. You can’t breed those two types of dog and expect to come out with a German Shepherd on the other end – even if you’re doing your breeding in Germany.

    So it makes sense that the Miniature Schnauzer’s coat, temperament, and size are all well in line with many smaller dogs. That means if you’re considering getting yourself a Miniature Schnauzer, you’ll have to be familiar with its individual characteristics. An article on the Miniature Schnauzer is as good a place to start studying as any.

  • Like many smaller breeds, it’s easy to coddle the Miniature Schnauzer with a lot of food and too little exercise, particularly if you live in the city. That’s why it will be important that you regulate its diet: give them plenty of exercise and don’t let them eat too much. To give your Miniature Schnauzer plenty of good nutrition, be sure to try cooking for it a while, mashing in chopped vegetables along with bits of meat to ensure it’s getting all the vitamins and minerals it needs.

  • Miniature Schnauzers can be highly responsive to training but can also have a bit of an independent streak that will be a little troublesome for first-time dog owners. Luckily, the Miniature Schnauzer has a reputation for being obedient to commands even if you’re not a particularly skilled dog trainer. As mentioned before, these types of dogs will make excellent pets thanks to its personality. But don’t let that be a reason you ignore the dog training itself! Put in some time and effort, mix in some patience, and you might be surprised at the kind of results you can illicit from this friendly breed.

  • Temperament / Behaviour

    If you want to get a small dog without a reputation for being prissy, the Miniature Schnauzer is perfect for you. Its coat and overall structure are more that of a traditional mid-sized dog, as well.

    The key issue for Miniature Schnauzers: fat. They frequently come across problems associated with high fat levels like diabetes, so be sure that you monitor your Miniature Schnauzer’s weight and keep it exercising on a daily basis: it’s good for both you and your dog.

  • Expect your Miniature Schnauzer to live around 12-15 years depending on its individual health and lifestyle.

    Plenty of exercise is required for these dogs. As mentioned, high body fat is a major issue for Miniature Schnauzers, so you’ll want to do the regulating for your dog. Make sure to use poultry and lean meats in its diet and don’t over-feed it. Keeping your dog lean and healthy is important in the exercise department, so don’t be afraid to give your dog a good workout even if it is a “miniature” breed.

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